[thelist] Link and title accessibility

Todd Stadler tstadler at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 17:50:14 CST 2006

On 2/27/06, Andreas Wahlin <andreaswahlin at bredband.net> wrote:
> If you have a link where the link-text is exactly the same as you
> imagine the title-text to be, you should omit the title attribut right?

I think so -- no need to be redundant.

> <a href="http://web.mit.edu/" title="Massachusetts Institute of
> Technology"><abbr title="Massachusetts Institute of Technology">MIT</
> abbr></a>

This would seem to fall under "redundant", so I wouldn't do it. It's
important to know that MIT stands for Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, so I'd keep it as the abbr title.

> Also, as a side note, titles such as
> title="Go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology homepage"
> must be quite unneccesary, as everyone knows that links go to homepages.
> title="Massachusetts Institute of Technology"
> Should suffice, right?

Not all links go to home pages, of course, but for those that do, I
tend not to give any title attribute, assuming that the anchor text is

Links to non-home pages or links whose anchor text is not
self-explanatory are ones that need a title attribute.

Whether these are best practices or merely mine is up for debate.


Todd Stadler, tstadler at gmail.com
"You try to warn them that the world's gone mad, but they won't listen
to you" -Snoopy

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